(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 8 - five dangerous faults

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

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Chapter 8 - Variation in tactics

There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general: ...

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There are five dangerous faults which may affect a general:

  • recklessness, which leads to destruction;
  • cowardice, which leads to capture;
  • a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults;
  • a delicacy of honor which is sensitive to shame;
  • over-solicitude for his men, which exposes him to worry and trouble.

These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war. When an army is overthrown and its leader slain, the cause will surely be found among these five dangerous faults. Let them be a subject of meditation.

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There are five dangerous faults to avoid:

  • Selecting a shot without proper analysis.
  • Shooting too quickly or too hard.
  • Playing defense too often.
  • Responding negatively to your own mistakes or perceived bad luck.
  • Allowing outside factors to distract your attention.

These are deadly faults in any player, and are disastrous in competition at any level. Generally, almost all match and competition loses can be attributed to one or more of these dangerous faults. Consider ways in which these can be avoided.

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